From Phil Stokes, General Manager: I hope you have enjoyed the recent glorious weather and have been able to get out on the golf course. If you are heading out to play, please don’t forget to pick up a pair of gloves in the unlikely event you need to use a bunker rake.
The good news is that the clubhouse will be open again from August 1st and we will have a new menu of light seasonal dishes (see below) as well as drinks from the bar to tempt you to try. We will also be continuing with our BBQ service on selected days.
The team at Get Golfing have been working hard to transfer the information from Crown Golf in relation to your direct debits/membership fees. There are lots of legalities around this but we are nearly there! Each member will receive a communication early next week about their membership. If you do not receive anything, please do get in touch with us at the Club and we will be on hand to help sort any issues.
We have also been busy reconciling the bar levy and pro shop vouchers into one place. We are pleased to announce that the new ‘Club Cards’ have arrived on site and we are adding all of historic levies to them. Again, these will be ready early next week, so please pop into the club to collect the cards and check on your balance. These can be used for food, beverage and golfing equipment, giving former “Crown Golf” Members 10% off standard prices.
From Andy Copeland, Course Manager: The golf course was fertilised from tee to green over 10 days in July, which saw it bounce back superbly, giving a dark green definition around the course.
From Friday, 17th July the height of the cut on the greens was dropped from 3.5mm to 3mm, which will help speed up the putting surfaces. The aim is to take them back to where they have been consistently over the last few weeks i.e. 10.5ft-11ft on the Stimp Meter.
The bunkers have been sprayed with Glyphosate to kill the weeds on the perimeters and the greenside bunkers on Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10 and 16 have been topped up with sand.
We have also picked up tee divoting and filling in low spots/ drain lines on the fairways to help provide even and smooth grass coverage across the course.
We are all very excited and waiting patiently for our new fairway mower to turn up. This will have a huge impact on the course in that we will be able to stripe the fairways again and give a much better cut across them.
We will also be taking a delivery of a new top dresser. This will enable us to spread sand across the greens evenly and efficiently.
We are planning to do some work to the green surfaces on August 4th, it will be light work and the greens should be back to normal after a few days.
Members will also notice that we have installed new course furniture with new flags, cups and tee markers smartening up the course’s appearance.
Finally, we are on the verge of recruiting a fifth full-time greenkeeper to our team. Again, this will help keep raising the standards all around.